At a time and in a society where women were not valued, Jesus took time out from his busy ministry to show regard for two women by healing them both. The first was an older woman of lowly social standing who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years, and who was healed by her faith. The second was the twelve-year-old (marriageable in that culture) daughter of Jairus, a synagogue ruler, who was raised from the dead because of her father’s faith.
Mark 5:22-43; Matt 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56
1. Mark 5:22-23. What was Jairus’ position in the community? What did he believe about Jesus?
2. What kind of life had the woman in 5:25-26 led for 12 years? See Lev. 15:19-33. Describe her family life, social life and worship opportunities.
3. Why do you think she didn’t approach Jesus openly as Jairus did? Why just touch His clothes?
4. What do you learn about Jesus in Mark 5:30-34? Why did He insist upon her revealing herself? Didn’t He know who it was? What applications can you make concerning yourself and His attitude toward you today?
5. What did Jesus say was the reason she was healed physically? What is further implied in v. 34?
6. How was Jairus’ faith challenged and stretched? v. 35-36. Have you ever prayed earnestly and saw things get worse? How did you react? How should you have reacted?
7. What did Jesus mean in v. 39? See John 11:11-13. Was she really dead or in a coma?
8. What can you learn from Jesus reaction to ridicule when you know the truth?
9. Why do you think He took only 3 disciples and her parents into the child’s room?
10. What was His manner towards both of these women? Note His words in v. 34, 54-55.
11. Compare and contrast these two women. What conclusions do you find about Jesus and His regard for women? Is this different from what your perceptions are? How do you think this applies today?
12. What was the reason that Jesus performed these many miracles? Luke 7:20-23; Isaiah 29:18-21; 35:5-6; 61:1; Luke 4:18-21.
13. What was the response He wanted from the people? John 6:26-40; 10:25, 36-38; 11:41-42.
Have you personally trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
14. Is God the only source of miracles? 1 Thess 2:9. How can alleged miracles lead us astray if we’re not discerning? What questions should you ask when you hear of miracles today? Do we need miracles to prove God’s existence or power or the truth of His Word?